What Ashok Desai Does Not Know About James Watt (or Patents)

WHEN the Mashelkar Committee’s Report was losing credibility for “lifting” the operative part of its report from a submission made to the committee, Ashok Desai, a well known economist and the consultant editor of Telegraph … Read more

Patent Wars And The Indian Scenario

THE past few months have been quite important for developments in the patents front. Most of the action has come from the US, with the US Supreme Court giving two important judgements on the scope … Read more

Novartis And Mashelkar: Tripping Up On Patents

THE last few weeks has seen some major developments on the Indian Patents Act, as amended in 2005. One is the challenge by Novartis of Section 3(d) of the Act, which addresses what is not … Read more

Intellectual Property Rights: Who Benefits?

THE debate on amendment of India’s Patent Law last year centred around the need to align our domestic laws in accordance with the TRIPS agreement in the WTO – i.e. the agreement on “Trade Realted … Read more

Patents Amendments & The International NGOs

THE criticism emanating from the global activists and international NGOs regarding the Indian Patents Amendments Act seems to lack certain clarity. Are they arguing that India should have rejected unilaterally the flawed Trade Related Intellectual … Read more

Victory On Basmati?

THE Basmati patents debate has once again hit the headlines with the recent report that a US company, Ricetec, has been granted a Patent in the US by the US Patent and Trademark office. The … Read more